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Sean Davies and Mike Davies

The Last King Of Wales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gruffudd ap Llywelyn took control of SE Wales in 1055. He then turned his attention to Herefordshire and the border country. He attacked the city of Hereford and destroyed the Cathedral. He wintered at Llangorse Lake and in 1056 he scored a major victory over an English army near Glasbury-on-Wye.

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OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Mitchell Symons

Don’t Wipe Your Bum on a Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ‘revolting reference’ expert and twice Blue Peter Book Prize- winner makes his debut at Hay to take a weird and wonderful look at life.
 
8+ years

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Jacob Weisberg in conversation with Peter Florence

Contemporary America

Segovia 2010, 
Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group (a division of The Washington Post Company), is a major point of reference in the field of political journalism in the US.On this occasion he will be interviewed by Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about the current political scene in his country and its main figures. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Rosalind Rickaby, Nicole Grobert and Alicia El Haj

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things 2017

Hay Festival 2017, 

From nanomaterials and ancient oceans to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, three Royal Society Research Fellows introduce and discuss their work at the forefront of science with climatologist and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Long and Winding Road

Hay Festival 2017, 

The third volume of Alan Johnson's bestselling and award-winning memoirs takes us to the corridors of Westminster and lifts the lid on the life of a hard-working constituency MP in the first Blair administration.

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Jonathan Fenby

The Great Wonders of China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby ranges across 3,000 years of continuous civilization to show and discuss treasures from the earliest forms of writing and bronze work to the towering urban development of the C21st.

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Storytelling Workshop with Nick Hennessey

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
A passionate advocate of the spoken word, Hennessey is a master of the ancient European storytelling tradition exploring Celtic and British myths and the great Finnish epic The Kalevala.

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Jo Hodgkinson

My Friend Nigel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Billy’s best friend is a snail called Nigel, which has hilarious repercussions. From the award-winning creator of The Talent Show.

4+ years

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THIS IS A REPEAT OF EVENT 20.

Robert Scourfield

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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.

Matthew Rice

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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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Sharon Creech & Eleanor Updale

The Unfinished Angel & Johnny Swanson

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two acclaimed authors with a gift for transporting their readers to worlds past and magical come together for the first time at Hay. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
8–12 years

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Victoria Hislop talks to Lisa Dwan

The Thread

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses her epic Greek romance set across C20th Thessaloniki. Hislop is the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and One Cretan Evening.

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Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

Magna Carta Uncovered

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1215 Runnymede Charter was both radical, in the way subjects tried to limit the power and conduct of government, and conservative, in following the form of Anglo Saxon Charters and trying to return government to the ways of early Norman and Angevin kings. The QC and the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examine what brought King John to the table, and the impact it’s had on the law of the land.

Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

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Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan

Fictions – A Decent Ride

Hay Festival 2015, 

In his funniest and filthiest novel yet, Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan

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Marina Lewycka, Patience Agbabi, David Herd and Anna Pincus

Fictions: Refugee Tales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Offered as a modern day reworking of The Canterbury Tales, this book brings together the stories of 14 refugees whose voyage to the UK has not been a journey of spiritual salvation, rather one of sheer, physical survival. The tales are retold by writers including Marina Lewycka and Patience Agbabi, and the tales are edited by the poet and teacher David Herd and Anna Pincus of the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group.

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Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Bones of Grace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

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Matthew Haley

Electrifying The Art Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts appreciates books as artefacts and looks at the effect of the electronification of books.

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Dan Smith

The State Of The World Atlas

Hay Festival 2013, 

A revelatory way of imagining the world. The revered International Relations guru and revolutionary cartographer updates his seminal 1970s work that graphically analyses every indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Chaired by Mark Ellingham.

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Ways of Curating

Hay Festival 2014, 

The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.

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Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Challenging Romaphobia

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas